List of public holidays

This is the list of 2016 public holidays for each state and territory in Australia. Public holidays can be different depending on the state or territory you're in.

Find what the public holidays are in your state territory by selecting from the list below:

Australian Capital Territory

  • Friday 1 January - New Year's Day
  • Tuesday 26 January - Australia Day
  • Monday 14 March - Canberra Day
  • Friday 25 March - Good Friday
  • Saturday 26 March - Easter Saturday
  • Sunday 27 March - Easter Sunday
  • Monday 28 March - Easter Monday
  • Monday 25 April - Anzac Day
  • Monday 13 June - Queen's Birthday 
  • Monday 26 September - Family and Community Day
  • Monday 3 October - Labour Day
  • Sunday 25 December - Christmas Day
  • Monday 26 December - Boxing Day
  • Tuesday 27 December - Additional Day*

*applies as Christmas Day falls on a weekend

For more information on public holidays in the Australian Capital Territory (eg. regional holidays), contact the Chief Minister and Cabinet external-icon.png.

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New South Wales

  • Friday 1 January - New Year's Day
  • Tuesday 26 January - Australia Day
  • Friday 25 March - Good Friday
  • Saturday 26 March - Easter Saturday
  • Sunday 27 March - Easter Sunday
  • Monday 28 March - Easter Monday
  • Monday 25 April - Anzac Day
  • Monday 13 June - Queen's Birthday
  • Monday 1 August - Bank Holiday*
  • Monday 3 October - Labour Day
  • Sunday 25 December - Christmas Day
  • Monday 26 December - Boxing Day
  • Tuesday 27 December - Additional Day**

* applies to banks and certain financial institutions

** applies as Christmas Day falls on a weekend

For more information on public holidays in New South Wales (eg. regional holidays), contact the NSW Government external-icon.png.

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Northern Territory

  • Friday 1 January - New Year's Day
  • Tuesday 26 January - Australia Day
  • Friday 25 March - Good Friday
  • Saturday 26 March - Easter Saturday
  • Monday 28 March - Easter Monday
  • Monday 25 April - Anzac Day
  • Monday 2 May - May Day
  • Monday 13 June - Queen's Birthday
  • Monday 1 August - Picnic Day
  • Monday 26 December - Boxing Day
  • Tuesday 27 December - Christmas Day* 

* substitute for Sunday 25 December

Show days in Northern Territory

  • Friday 24 June - Borroloola Show Day
  • Friday 1 July - Alice Springs Show Day
  • Friday 8 July - Tennant Creek Show Day
  • Friday 15 July - Katherine Show Day
  • Friday 22 July - Darwin Show Day

For more information on public holidays in the Northern Territory (eg. regional holidays), contact the Office of the Commissioner for Public Employment external-icon.png on (08) 8999 5511.

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Queensland

  • Friday 1 January - New Year's Day
  • Tuesday 26 January - Australia Day
  • Friday 25 March - Good Friday
  • Saturday 26 March - Easter Saturday
  • Monday 28 March - Easter Monday
  • Monday 25 April - Anzac Day
  • Monday 2 May - Labour Day
  • Wednesday 10 August - Royal Queensland Show - Brisbane Area Only
  • Monday 3 October - Queen's Birthday
  • Sunday 25 December - Christmas Day
  • Monday 26 December - Boxing Day
  • Tuesday 27 December - Additional Day*

* applies as Christmas Day falls on a weekend

For more information on public holidays in Queensland (eg. regional holidays), contact the Department of Justice and Attorney-General external-icon.png on (07) 3225 2299.

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South Australia

  • Friday 1 January - New Year's Day
  • Tuesday 26 January - Australia Day
  • Monday 14 March - March Public Holiday
  • Friday 25 March - Good Friday
  • Saturday 26 March - Saturday after Good Friday
  • Monday 28 March - Easter Monday
  • Monday 25 April - Anzac Day
  • Monday 13 June - Queen's Birthday / Volunteers Day
  • Monday 3 October - Labour Day
  • Saturday 24 December - Christmas Eve*
  • Sunday 25 December - Christmas Day
  • Monday 26 December - Christmas Day**
  • Tuesday 27 December - Boxing Day / Proclamation Day***
  • Saturday 31 December - New Year's Eve*

* from 7pm to midnight

**additional day for Sunday 25 December

*** additional day as 26 December is the Christmas Day public holiday

Note: every Sunday in South Australia is nominally a public holiday under the Holidays Act 1910 (SA).

For more information on public holidays in South Australia (eg. regional holidays), contact SafeWork SA external-icon.png on 1300 365 255.

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Tasmania

  • Friday 1 January - New Year's Day
  • Tuesday 26 January - Australia Day
  • Monday 8 February - Royal Hobart Regatta*
  • Monday 14 March - Eight Hours Day
  • Friday 25 March - Good Friday
  • Monday 28 March - Easter Monday
  • Tuesday 29 March - Easter Tuesday**
  • Monday 25 April - Anzac Day
  • Monday 13 June - Queen's Birthday
  • Monday 7 November - Recreation Day***
  • Sunday 25 December - Christmas Day
  • Monday 26 December - Boxing Day
  • Tuesday 27 December - Additional Day****

* only observed in certain areas of the state

** only applies under certain awards or registered agreements and to the state public service

*** all parts of the state which do not observe Royal Hobart Regatta

****applies as Christmas Day falls on a weekend

For more information on public holidays in Tasmania (eg. regional holidays), contact WorkSafe Tasmania external-icon.png  on 1300 366 322 (within Tasmania) or (03) 6166 4600 (outside Tasmania). 

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Victoria

  • Friday 1 January - New Year's Day
  • Tuesday 26 January - Australia Day
  • Monday 14 March - Labour Day
  • Friday 25 March - Good Friday
  • Saturday 26 March - Saturday after Good Friday
  • Sunday 27 March - Easter Sunday
  • Monday 28 March - Easter Monday
  • Monday 25 April - Anzac Day
  • Monday 13 June - Queen's Birthday
  • Friday 30 September - Friday before AFL Grand Final
  • Tuesday 1 November - Melbourne Cup*
  • Monday 26 December - Boxing Day
  • Tuesday 27 December - Christmas Day*

* all of Victoria is entitled to Melbourne Cup public holiday unless a different local holiday has been declared for non-metropolitan areas

** substitute day for Sunday 25 December 2016

For more information on public holidays in Victoria (eg. regional holidays), contact Business Victoria external-icon.png on 13 22 15.

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Western Australia

  • Friday 1 January - New Year's Day
  • Tuesday 26 January - Australia Day
  • Monday 7 March - Labour Day
  • Friday 25 March - Good Friday
  • Monday 28 March - Easter Monday
  • Monday 25 April - Anzac Day
  • Monday 6 June - Western Australia Day
  • Monday 26 September - Queen's Birthday*
  • Sunday 25 December - Christmas Day
  • Monday 26 December - Boxing Day
  • Tuesday 27 December - Additional Day**

* non-metropolitan local authorities may celebrate on an alternate date

** applies as Christmas Day falls on a weekend and Boxing Day falls on a Monday

For more information on public holidays in Western Australia (eg. regional holidays), contact the Department of Commerce external-icon.png on 1300 655 266.

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